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Primavera 2005: Young Australian Artists

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07 Sep 2005 to 13 Nov 2005


Monika Behrens, Madeleine Kelly, Fiona Lowry, Danie Mellor, Tom Mùller, Yukultji Napangati, Michelle Ussher, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Jemima Wyman


Felicity Fenner

About the exhibition

Primavera 2005: Young Australian Artists focused on new developments in painting. Including work by both Aboriginal and non–Aboriginal artists, the exhibition examined the ways in which painting at the time was engaging with a contemporaneous notion of existence, in contrast to the postmodernism of the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition navigated issues both local and international, featuring arts practice that attempted to map our place, as individuals, as Australians and as global citizens.

Although painting can be considered a traditional medium in arts practice – originally used as an existential record – these artists were able to engage the medium as a reflection of their time, creating a dynamic relationship with their changing natural and cultural contexts.

In this exhibition curator Felicity Fenner sought to examine the complexity of the phrase 'the lie of the land’. Originally used by colonisers in reference to the swift division of occupied territory, Fenner was attempting to explore how this origin could be translated to her own context.

Primavera is the Museum’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Since 1992, the series has showcased the works of artists in the early stages of their career, many of whom have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally.

Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.

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